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It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.

Ceremony is the smoke of friendship.

Chinese proverb

Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recanting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown; but where there is true friendship, there needs none.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.